Manti-LaSal National Forest

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Manti-LaSal National Forest

Utah

(435) 637-2817

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Overview

Located in central and southeastern Utah, lies the Manti-La Sal National Forest. The forest contains over a million acres in three mountain blocks providing islands of green rising above the desert. Find adventure, romance, and unparalleled scenery.

The Manti Division is part of the remnant Wasatch Plateau (5,000 to 10,000 foot elevation) exhibiting high elevation lakes, diverse vegetation, near vertical escarpments, and areas of scenic and geologic interest.

Map of Manti-LaSal Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 38.497668, -109.224701

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Biking is available on numerous trails, and on paved and dirt roads. Local bike shops in the areas can provide guide services, guide books, ride suggestions and information. Maps and information about the forest are available at Visitor Centers and local shops.

    The La Sal Mountain Loop Road Scenic Byway (paved to the Oowah Lake turn-off) climbs high in the La Sal Mountains. This road ride provides spectacular views of Canyonlands and Castle Valley. The grades leading onto the Forest are long, steep, and can be hot during the summer.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Please contact the park for information on auto/motorcycle tours.

  • Camping

    Camping is available in more than 25 developed campgrounds as well as in more remote locations. Reservations can be made over the phone or online on the Internet at Reserve USA. When camping anywhere on the Forest, campers should Pack it in - Pack it Out.

    Remember, the desert and forest are precious and fragile commodities. No matter how remote, the spot you use was used by others before you and will be used by others when you leave. Please leave the land in better shape than you found it to ensure future access.

  • Fishing

    Try your luck fishing for trout in the mountain lakes, reservoirs, and mountain streams. Huntington Creek is noted as one of the premiere fly-fishing streams in the state. Joe's Valley on the Ferron/Price Ranger District, is a 1200 acre reservoir which offers fishing for splake as well as motor boating opportunities.

    Hunting and fishing on the National Forest requires valid local licenses and permits. See the annual Sportsmen's Proclamation for more information about available hunting permits and season dates.

    For Utah hunting and fishing laws and regulations please visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

    Motor boats are not allowed on small alpine lakes and reservoirs. Some of the larger lakes and reservoirs, however, such as Joe's Valley and Electric Lake allow motor boats..

  • Hiking

    There are hundreds of miles of trails on the Manti-La Sal National Forest from open grassy slopes to deep spruce/fir groves. The Forest has two National Recreation Trails: The Left Fork of Huntington Canyon Trail and The Fish Creek Trail.

    The Left Fork of Huntington Canyon Trail: This 6-mile trail is open to foot and horse travel only and provides access to quality fly-fishing opportunities.

    The Fish Creek Trail: This 10-mile trail is open to foot, horse, and bicycle travel.

    Trails are often designated as either motorized or non-motorized (which includes bicycles). Forest Travel maps indicate the appropriate type of use.

  • Horseback Riding

    There are hundreds of miles of trails on the Manti-La Sal National Forest from open grassy slopes to deep spruce/fir groves. The Forest has two National Recreation Trails: The Left Fork of Huntington Canyon Trail and The Fish Creek Trail.

    The Left Fork of Huntington Canyon Trail: This 6-mile trail is open to foot and horse travel only and provides access to quality fly-fishing opportunities.

    The Fish Creek Trail: This 10-mile trail is open to foot, horse, and bicycle travel.

    Trails are often designated as either motorized or non-motorized (which includes bicycles). Forest Travel maps indicate the appropriate type of use.

  • Hunting

    Hunting and fishing on the National Forest requires valid local licenses and permits. See the annual Sportsmen's Proclamation for more information about available hunting permits and season dates.

    For Utah hunting and fishing laws and regulations please visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    The Arapeen OHV Trail system is located in south central Utah on the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Over 350 miles of ATV and OHV routes are included in the system. The backbone of the system is the scenic South Skyline Drive which is a rugged experience for most of its 58-mile length from Utah Highway 31 on the north to the Fishlake National Forest boundary on the south.

  • Picnicking

    Please enjoy picnicking in the scenic forest. Do not litter.

  • Winter Sports

    Skiing and snowmobiling are popular winter activities on the Forest. Be sure to check on avalanche conditions before venturing into the back country.

    Winter Access Routes: La Sal Mountains: the La Sal Mountain Loop Road is plowed regularly to the Geyser Pass road turn-off and somewhat less frequently to Castle Valley. The Geyser Pass road is kept open to the restrooms and parking area at 9,600 feet. The snow packed road to the pass and on to Dark Canyon Lake on the other side is a popular area for sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The road also provides access to backcountry skiing and snow-boarding in the Mt. Tomasaki and Gold Basin areas.

    Snowmobiles are not allowed to leave the road in Gold Basin. Please respect this closure of the most popular skiing area of the La Sals - the rest of the entire range is wide open to you!

    From Old La Sal at the south end of the range, the road is plowed regularly to the stock pens near Dark Canyon Lake. The hut keepers snowcat the road above the parking area to Dark Canyon Lake and on up to Geyser Pass fairly frequently.

    Abajo Mountains: the parking area and road to the old Blue Mountain ski resort is plowed in the winter. Several unplowed roads depart from the pavement near Natural Bridges National Monument.

    Wasatch Plateau: the Huntington/Fairview Canyon Road across the Plateau is kept open all winter.

    Utah State Parks and Recreation packs snowmobile trails into 12-mile and Ephraim Canyons and along "Skyline". There have been numerous avalanche and exposure fatalities in these canyons in recent years--never enter the winter backcountry without adequate knowledge and equipment!

Directions

Driving

From Price, State highway 10 south provides numerous access routes into the forest.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(435) 637-2817

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